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The Hotstove on HNIC last night touched on numerous subjects including John Tavares, the next Edmonton coach. the Minnesota Wild, Jim Nill & Steve Yzerman.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
There’s no better example of the NHL’s intention to turn its referees into automatons programmed by VP of Officiating Stephen Walkom than the decision not to use Kerry Fraser in the playoffs. It’s sad, indeed, to see this signature referee treated with such disrespect by Gary Bettman and the league office.
Why didn’t they just slap him across the face at center ice then send it Toronto for video review?
It’s sadder, still, when people like Bill McCreary—who failed to see Scott Hartnell throw his stick at the puck when Petr Sykora was winding up to shoot in Game 2 of the Penguins-Flyers series—and Dave Jackson get the call to work the postseason instead of Fraser.
more plus some Leafs and Messier talk…
Want to talk Rangers/Capitals or anything hockey related? Surprised Simeon Varlamov is starting in goal for Washington?
Feel free to comment below.
From Lyle Richardson (Spector) at Fox Sports:
One game does not a series make but the opening games of the 2009 Stanley Cup conference quarterfinals have brought some interesting factors to the fore which could affect the outcome of these series.
—The San Jose Sharks entered the postseason hoping to finally shed the label of playoff chokers, but their 2-0 loss in the opening game of their first-round series against the underdog Anaheim Ducks isn’t likely to allay the fears of their supporters or the barbs of their critics.
continued… with notes on all 8 playoff series after the first game
from Mike Lopresti of USA TODAY,
We are not here to offer deep analysis on the road to the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Pssst ... that’s the trophy that goes to the team that wins). Far from it. Just some basic tidbits, for those who have trouble remembering that Columbus, Ohio, has a hockey team.
NHL Playoffs for Dummies. Which I am.
No. 1. If you like overtime games, you’ve come to the right place. Last spring, nearly one in every five playoff games went extra periods. San Jose and Dallas had a marathon-on-ice, where three games went into overtime and the clinching sixth game lasted four overtimes.
In case you missed it, Alanah has posted the blogger segment of the HNIC Playoff Preview Show they did last night.
Although we had only about six minutes of air time, we were able to touch on a few hockey topics.
I had fun, my first time on TV and as the producer in Windsor said, ‘just look into the red light.” With that statement, let the playoffs begin!
The NHL Draft Lottery 2009 has been drawn and the top-5 picks came out as the odds predicted. Via TSN television:
1. New York Islanders
2. Tampa Bay Lightning
3. Colorado Avalanche
4. Atlanta Thrashers
5. Los Angeles Kings
As a reminder, the top-10 prospects are featured here.
Update 8:27pm ET: From TSN, the updated draft order.
via CBC Sports,
Join Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. local time for Stanley Cup Countdown (CBC, CBCSports.ca).
Hockey Night in Canada analysts Mike Milbury, Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock bring their expertise to every series, guiding you through all the great matchups.
Relive some of the great hits, goals and saves from Stanley Cups past.
Listen in as some of North America’s most-read bloggers talk to Ron about what to look for as hockey is set to begin its annual quest for sport’s greatest trophy, the Stanley Cup.
From Seth Rorabaugh at Empty Netters:
Hopefully this preview highlighting the top candidates on each team will help you identify who to draft in your playoff beard pools.
continued with some
fashionable facial hair of the past
Monday, April 6th, we placed a call to good friend Gabe A., a founding father of The Pensblog.
We asked him if an online bracket was possible.
He said sure.
We asked if it was possible for the bracket to re-seed itself in the second round.
He said no problem, holmes.
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